How to protect your business from cybercrime
Cyber-crime is any crime that takes place online. It can range from data breaches through to identity theft and also incorporates harassment and bullying.
It’s a sad fact that just one cyber attack can potentially ruin a small business, something that no business owner wants to happen. Because cyber-crime is continually evolving, it’s important to stay on your toes and one step ahead of the game. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you to protect yourself and your business from online criminals.
- Protect your computer systems
It is vital that you install up to date anti-virus software on to your system and that you ensure that any tablets or devices that you use haven’t been jail-broken. Viruses can quickly infiltrate a system and make it vulnerable to cyber attacks. Additionally, installing a powerful firewall can make your system appear less attractive to a cyber-criminal.
Ensuring that your system is running on up to date software can also improve your security. With Windows 7s upcoming retirement, updating to Windows 10 will keep you receiving Microsoft security patches. Failing to update your system will make it more vulnerable to hacking and data breaches.
You should also consider moving over to cloud computing and storage using a system such as Office 365.
- Make sure that everyone is security conscious
Ironically, you and any staff that you have could provide a criminal with the easiest access to your system. Are you the person that uses the same password for all your accounts? Is your office login the same as your Facebook login?
As a rule of thumb, make sure that your passwords contain a good mix of upper and lower case letters and numbers (and not just some numbers tagged on at the end) and that you use different passwords for different accounts. It is also advisable that you and your team regularly change passwords and that passwords are updated if employees leave.
- Restrict access
Think about who can see sensitive information. Does everyone in your company have access to all files? It’s advisable to restrict access to any sensitive information and to install measures that allow you to see who accessed files and when. This reduces the chances of exposure to unauthorised individuals and also reduces your business’ vulnerabilities.
- Regular backups
How much does your business rely on the information stored on your system? Backing up your system can keep all your files and data safe should the worst happen and you become the victim of a cyber attack. Additionally, it is worth considering intrusion detection so you can receive an update the minute there is a security breach.
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